Ne-yo, Shaggy and Ludicras in PE

This spectacular line-up of South African and international music talent is set to position PE as a significant player on the country’s festival circuit, while providing a much-needed boost to the Eastern Cape economy.

MBay Mega Fest is being staged by newcomers to the music scene Zeranza (Pty) LTD.

Ne-Yo has taken the music world by storm over the past seven years, after penning Mario’s smash hit single ‘Let Me Love You’. Ne-Yo has since gone on to earn acclaim in his own right, with a number of multi-awarded albums spawning hits such as ‘So Sick’, ‘Sexy Love’, ‘Because of You’, ‘Closer’, ‘Mad’ and Miss Independent’.

Ludacris has won three Grammy awards (with a mammoth 17 nominations) as well as a Screen Actors Guild award and three MTV video awards. He has notched up several hit singles from his multi-platinum-selling albums, including ‘Southern Hospitality’, ‘What’s Your Fantasy’, ‘Stand Up’, ‘Splash Waterfalls’, ‘Money Maker’ and ‘Runaway Love’.

He is due to release his eighth studio album, ‘Ludaversal’, during 2012.

Shaggy remains an enduring favourite with a broad cross-section of audiences. Over the past 20 years he has notched up global hits with tracks such as ‘Oh Carolina’, ‘Boombastic’ (his album of the same name won a Grammy), ‘It Wasn’t Me’ and ‘Angel’. Over the past few years Shaggy has embarked on cross-cultural collaborations with the likes of Japanese reggae artist Iecca, Balkan group Sahara and Egyptian star Tamer Hosny.

Protoje (aka Oje Ken Ollivierre) is a rising star on the reggae scene, whose debut album The Seven Year Itch spawned the single Rasta Love featuring Ky-Mani Marley, one of Bob Marley’s sons. The album reached the top five in Canada, the USA and France in 2011.

Mi Casa, fresh from their astounding victory at the 18th annual South African Music Awards, during which they picked up a phenomenal three trophies for Best Duo or Group, Best Dance Album and the highly coveted Record of the Year for the single ‘These Streets’, which was voted for by the music-loving public. Singer/composer Joao da Fonseca hails from the Eastern Cape region.

Shoelace Rockazsoul is a five-piece band based in Motherwell, Nelson Mandela Bay, and comprising members Ndumiso Ntantiso, Zusakhe Gysman, Mvuzo Mnyaka, Xola Kulati and Sinoxolo Mbuthuma.

Over the past year they have grown from a little-known rock group to a nationally renowned act that has opened for the likes of Usher, Jamali, Danny K and Uju. They won a Standard Bank Encore Award at the 2011 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, and have been finalists in various talent-search competitions.

Bucie has all the makings of a supersta’s beauty, talent, amazing vocal ability and personality and the title of her latest album, Princess of House, signals this dynamic singer –songwriter’s firm intention to rule the genre.

DJs Mtira, Kasta, Baba D, Cute, Spectrum and Master Jam will be spinning the discs.

MBay Mega Fest, ranging in price from R150 to R500, will soon be on sale at Computicket.

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